EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Marian Gaborik has found his form.
The Minnesota star posted his second straight two-goal game and
the Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Friday night, earning
their second consecutive road win.
Gaborik also led the Wild to a 5-2 win at Vancouver on Thursday
that snapped Minnesota's 11-game winless streak on the road.
His latest effort came in just his fourth game since returning
to the lineup after missing 34 with a groin injury. The right
winger, who went without a point in his first two games back, has
eight goals and 11 points this season.
"It's been a good test for me to play back-to-back games like
this, especially against a speedy team like Edmonton," he said.
"I'm feeling pretty good."
The Oilers came at the Wild early and often. Manny Fernandez,
who stopped 32 shots, kept his team in the game.
"They really came at us at the start there," Rolston said.
"The story tonight was Manny Fernandez.
"He was great for us and there when we needed him. Our power
play wasn't that good and we gave them a number of chances when we
had the man advantage and you just can't do that. Manny stood on
his head for us."
"We had a lot of aspects of our game that were really good,
especially in the first 30 minutes," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish
said. "Then Gaborik got loose and scored a goal and the ice
"We let them back in the game. We should have won with the
amount of chances that we had."
Edmonton has lost six straight to Western Conference rivals.
"If you have thoughts of winning the division, you are going to
have to have a good record against your division," MacTavish said.
"Losing six in a row isn't a way to get that started."
Strong play from Fernandez and Edmonton counterpart Dwayne
Roloson resulted in a scoreless first period, a frame in which the
Oilers held a 12-6 shots advantage.
Edmonton opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the middle
period when Ryan Smyth made a deft pass from behind the Wild net to
Horcoff, who fired a shot between Fernandez's legs.
The Oilers kept up the pressure but it was the Wild who scored
twice within 43 seconds.
Gaborik made it 1-1 at 5:23, picking up his own rebound off a
save by Roloson, spinning around and firing a shot into the corner
from the right circle.
Rolston then put Minnesota ahead 2-1 at 6:06, converting a big
rebound in front of the Oilers' goal.
Edmonton rallied to tie it at 17:47 when Petr Nedved backhanded
a pass to Sykora, who fired a shot in from the slot.
Minnesota went ahead for good at 9:56 of the third when Carney's
seemingly harmless shot from the point deflected in off Oilers
defenseman Jan Hejda. Gaborik sealed the victory with an empty-net
goal at 19:57.
It was the second meeting of the season between the
divisional rivals. Edmonton won the first game 3-1. The teams will
face off six more times. ... Minnesota won the series 6-2 last
season, including all four games in Edmonton. ... Oilers C Joffrey
Lupul played in his 200th NHL game.